Tuesday, October 27, 2009

21st Century Boy

I think the musical pool I've been dipping into over the past few years has shrunk somewhat.
Spurred on by a text from a friend, I attempted to draw up my list of my 10 favourite albums since 2000.
And off the top of my head, the list consisted of:
The Cooper Temple Clause - See This Through and Leave
The Cooper Temple Clause - Kick Up The Fire and Let The Flames Break Loose
The Cooper Temple Clause - Make This Your Own
Elbow - Asleep In The Back
Elbow - Leaders Of The Free World
Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
The Coral - The Coral
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Fever To Tell
The Libertines - Up The Bracket
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
So, six albums contributed by two artists. No Oasis albums. No Doves. No Coldplay. No AC/DC, Queens of the Stone Age, Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, Verve, Bob Dylan or Ian Brown.
I'm wary of becoming one of those middle-aged guys who claims to have their finger on the pulse of modern music, but who can only tell you when the next Rush or David Bowie album is coming out.
I do think that most of the music covered by NME nowadays is pish - but I've probably thought that every year since 1998. They certainly lost me for a while around the turn of the century when they shamefully lauded The Strokes as some kind of defining band, when they were nothing of the kind.
But maybe I am in danger of losing my knowledge of what's new. Mrs Wife is the one who bought Florence and The Machine's debut album Lungs, while I've instead been spending my money on Beatles remasters and Ian Brown albums. While she can identify the new singles by The Enemy or The Big Pink from their exposure on Radio 1, I spend my morning commute listening to Miles Davis or Abbey Road.
I'll be 30 next year - is it time to give up the NME subscription and devote my time and money to Classic Rock instead?


Mike Smith said...

Or BBC Radio Two...

Anonymous said...

ha.. i know what u mean about being out of sync with the music scene. i would love to get into something new but i just havent liked anything enough to fully get behind.. by the way, you will hate karen o after listenting to her annoying, so called backup vocals on the new flaming lips album.

the tomahawk kid said...

Get your mojo back, read Mojo

Anonymous said...

I don't read the music press.

I just listen to music and make up my own mind.